for us. tracie potts, thank you. >>> alex rodriguez may have avoided a lifetime ban, but the mlb's 211-game suspension has put the player's future in jeopardy. on monday, major league baseball suspended 13 players linked to the biogenesis performance enhancing drug investigation. the league made an example out of a-rod, sidelining him until the 2015 season. rodriguez's his ban is taking effect on august 8th, but he will appeal the suspension, which will allow him to play until a ruling takes place. as he hit the field for the first time this season, yeah, that's what he got. white sox fans saying, well, boo in so many different ways. before the game, rodriguez and the yankees manager joe girardi made it clear a-rod will stay on the roster while he fights for his baseball life. >> i have had two hip surgeries, i've had two knee surgeries, i'm fighting for my life. i have to defend myself. if i don't defend myself, no one else will. there's a process. i'm happy the process, in due time, hopefully, you know, whatever happens, happens. >> i'm joined by deputy sports editor and blogger at "